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Sanyo Taho review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The Sanyo Taho currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Sanyo Taho is a rugged, basic clamshell featuring a 2-inch, 240 x 320 pixel resolution internal display and an external, 1-inch 96 x 64 pixel display.

The Taho is designed to meet military performance specifications, which means it is able to perform in adverse conditions due to dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, and blowing rain.

For customers who need a phone that can withstand such conditions, the Taho is worth a look. In addition to its tough exterior, the Sanyo Taho offers a 2MP camera with video record and a variety of modifiable camera features, GPS, Bluetooth for hands-free interaction, and a full suite of basic phone features including calendar, alarms, etc.

Rounding out the feature set is data tethering, MP3 player, a WAP internet browser, speakerphone and a 2.5 headset jack. With a talk time rated at up to 6.1 hours, the Sanyo Taho is a tough and rugged phone that will keep you connected when conditions turn ugly.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneDog

After testing out the Sanyo Taho, I'm somewhat disappointed by the features and performance. It wasn't quite as durable as I would have expected and I wish it had more features for those who are outdoors than what it ships with, perhaps a compass or pedometer. Battery performance was also disapp...

- Sydney Arnold, PhoneDog
PhoneArena

Good call quality and battery life make the Taho attractive to the average user, while some nifty enterprise tools make the Taho a good choice for businesses.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
Phone Scoop

The hardware is mostly good, though I wish the dialpad buttons were a little easier to differentiate. The menu system and feature set are as basic as it gets, with little in the way of extras that could make using the phone enjoyable. Making calls is a snap, as is pecking out text messages, but...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Common Questions


Sanyo released the Taho on December 9, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sanyo Taho user manual here.


Sanyo backs up the Taho with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Taho has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sanyo support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sanyo's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2"

The Sanyo Taho's screen size is 2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
40 MB

Internal memory is 40 MB. An external, MiniSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1050mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1050 mAh battery. Sanyo's performance ratings are 370 minutes.

Sanyo Taho Specs

Overview
Release date December 9, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 40 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.61 W/kg
Body: 0.53 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1050 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 370 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Material Unknown
Colors Black & Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.2 x 5.1 x 2.4 cm (4 x 2 x 0.9 in)
Weight 133 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome OLED, 96 x 64 pixels, 1 inches
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 600
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MiniSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sanyo E4100

1GB MicroSD Card included
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Critic Reviews


PhoneDog

Durable but everything else disappoints

from PhoneDog

After testing out the Sanyo Taho, I'm somewhat disappointed by the features and performance. It wasn't quite as durable as I would have expected and I wish it had more features for those who are outdoors than what it ships with, perhaps a compass or pedometer. Battery performance was also dis...More

After testing out the Sanyo Taho, I'm somewhat disappointed by the features and performance. It wasn't quite as durable as I would have expected and I wish it had more features for those who are outdoors than what it ships with, perhaps a compass or pedometer. Battery performance was also disappointing. If you aren't planning on being too terribly rough with your phone, then the Taho should be fine.

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PhoneArena

A tough phone that gets the job done in other ways as well

from PhoneArena

The Sanyo Taho by Kyocera is one tough phone, but it gets the job done in other ways as well. Good call quality and battery life make the Taho attractive to the average user, while some nifty enterprise tools make the Taho a good choice for businesses. This phone isn’t going to sell a ton,...More

The Sanyo Taho by Kyocera is one tough phone, but it gets the job done in other ways as well. Good call quality and battery life make the Taho attractive to the average user, while some nifty enterprise tools make the Taho a good choice for businesses. This phone isn’t going to sell a ton, but if you’re in the market for a good, durable phone and don’t care too much about messaging, web and similar features, the Taho is certainly worth a serious look.

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Phone Scoop

The durable phone that makes good voice calls and does little else

from Phone Scoop

The hardware is mostly good, though I wish the dialpad buttons were a little easier to differentiate. The menu system and feature set are as basic as it gets, with little in the way of extras that could make using the phone enjoyable. Making calls is a snap, as is pecking out text messages, b...More

The hardware is mostly good, though I wish the dialpad buttons were a little easier to differentiate. The menu system and feature set are as basic as it gets, with little in the way of extras that could make using the phone enjoyable. Making calls is a snap, as is pecking out text messages, but it's criminal that users have to search for and download email and IM clients from Sprint's crummy portal. Lacking even the most basic social networking features leaves this phone out of the modern era. It's a device straight from 2004.

There is no multimedia playback available on this device, and the camera and camcorder perform so badly, they are hardly worth using.

Would I recommend the Taho? Only to the outdoorsy types who use a phone for nothing but phone calls. Anyone else would be better served by one of Sprint's less-featureless flip phones.

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User Reviews


Phonedog

Power Cycling Problem

from Phonedog
Pro: A cool rugidized phone that does not require a data plan. Con: Can hardly see the display in bright sun even with the brightness set to maximum. Phone will shut down on its own. Needs at least a 4 megapixel camera. Using experience: 60 days There is a problem with this phone where it will shut...More
Pro: A cool rugidized phone that does not require a data plan. Con: Can hardly see the display in bright sun even with the brightness set to maximum. Phone will shut down on its own. Needs at least a 4 megapixel camera. Using experience: 60 days There is a problem with this phone where it will shut down and the only way to get it to power on again is to momentarily remove the battery. I returned the first phone thinking that this was just a problem with that particular unit however the second phone does the same thing. I emailed Kyocera and they replied that they are aware of the "power cycling problem" and are investigating but no other info was given. I followed up on this email a month later but they have not replied. I would not purchase this phone until Kyocera fixes this problem. Less
Phonedog

Not for me.

from Phonedog
Pro: Nice look, compact and many features Con: Not reliable enough for my needs. Using experience: 48 days Just returned my Taho and re-instated my previous phone. The Taho would freeze or go black time after time, even after bringing it in for "repair". The only solution was to remove the battery,...More
Pro: Nice look, compact and many features Con: Not reliable enough for my needs. Using experience: 48 days Just returned my Taho and re-instated my previous phone. The Taho would freeze or go black time after time, even after bringing it in for "repair". The only solution was to remove the battery, put it back and turn the phone back on. Sometimes it work work without fail for a few days, then if you use data, text or navigation the problem would return. Less

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